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Survey on the Perception of Peace in East Asia
The prospect of international peace and cooperation hinges on how countries perceive one another. A lack of trust undermines global peace, whereas a friendly attitude can promote cooperation among countries. In international relations, subjective perceptions indirectly determine the objective reality. Despite the significance of subject perception of other countries, however, there is scarce data or research on how Korea and other countries perceive the international community. It is necessary for us to understand and analyze the perception toward other countries of major countries that may affect our national interests, if not to survey scores of countries on their perception of foreign countries like the US does.
The Jeju Peace Institute (JPI) conducted a survey on ordinary Koreans’ perception of peace in 2010 and 2011, but the survey was put on hold due to lack of budget. In 2016, we plan to conduct a survey among a small group of experts, which requires a relatively small amount of budget. First, a group of Korean experts will be surveyed later, the survey will be extended to include groups of experts in neighboring countries.
Cooperation on the Marine Environment: Success Cases and Implications for Northeast Asia Peace and Cooperation Initiative
The Mediterranean Action Plan, which is considered a model case of international cooperation on the marine environment and has become widely known after being cited in Peter Haas’ research paper 『Saving the Mediterranean: The Politics of International Environmental Cooperation』, was initiated by France alone, driven by its dedication to preserving the Mediterranean Sea. It has evolved into a successful international project for marine preservation as the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) joined the effort and 21 countries followed suit. The research seeks to discover the mechanism of how the initiatives of individual countries garner international support and develop into a large-scale international project by analyzing cases of international cooperation in the area of marine environment preservation and to find implications for cross-border cooperation for peace in Northeast Asia.
Role and limitations of local governments in peacefully resolving territorial disputes in East Asia
In spite of the long history of peace in East Asia, recent territorial and dominium disputes over Dokdo Island, Senkaku Islands, and ‘Ieodo’(Socotra Rock) indicate that, although intense disputes rarely occur, low-intensity ones tend to grow serious. As one of the major tendencies found in territorial disputes involving the three countries in East Asia, i.e., Korea, China, and Japan, local governments are taking a nationalistic approach that warrants in-depth research.
Research on Diplomacy for Partnership
According to the dictionary, “partnership” is a relationship wherein the parties involved agree to cooperate for mutual interests. Partnership is mainly bilateral, but the underlying principles of mutual benefit and cooperation often apply to multilateral diplomacy and form the backbone of regionalism. Still, it is often difficult to grasp the substance of partnership, or some politicians use partnership as a mere rhetoric. Unfortunately, there is no common set of time-tested standards or principles to follow in case of international emergencies. This study reviews in a comparative analysis, based on a review of official diplomatic documents the general mechanism applicable to various types of partnership found in international politics and major facts, purposes, historical changes, and rhetoric of various partnerships involving Korea as a party. The findings of this study are expected to offer a useful summary of concepts and principles of partnerships found in international politics and a theoretical framework that can help Korea build more effective bilateral and multilateral diplomatic relations.